For 2020, the Des Moines European Heritage Association (DMEHA) has announced that it will change its annual in-person holiday experience to “CDM Curbside,” presented by Christkindlmarket Des Moines.
This year’s event will feature an online marketplace open Nov. 9 to 22, hosting several vendor stores featuring unique holiday wares and edibles. After purchasing, customers can choose various drive-thru pickup times from Dec. 3 to 6, the weekend the traditional in-person market would have taken place.
An der Weihnachtsecke, Des Moines, IA
Shop the Christkindlmarket Des Moines store for your favorite European treasures.
Offering: Steinbach nutcrackers, INGE ornaments, beer steins and glassware, Herrnhuter Moravian stars, commemorative Glühwein mugs, Christkindlmarket Des Moines merchandise,
Price Range: $5 – $350
Dakota Tinworks is a family-owned business dedicated to making and selling traditional tinware and ornaments, hand-made exclusively by tinsmith Karl-Josef Schmidt, using primarily antique, 19th century tinsmith’s tools and techniques.
Offering: Products made from tinplate: tin Christmas ornaments and tin tree tinsel.
Price Range: $5 – $20
DamonLayne Woodworking designs unique products that are fun and functional and will make a great gift for the holiday season, a wedding, or a house warming gift.
Offering: Woodworking: Cutting board, Charcuterie boards, Cheese slicer, Cribbage boards, Springerle cookie molds.
Price Range: $35-$250
Artisan Hand-printed letterpress products made in Des Moines, Iowa.
Offering: Letterpress cards, holiday cards, art prints, stationery, coasters, totes and t-shirts
Price Range: $5-50
DSM Foundry offers traditional German, art deco, and other styles of holiday decor made with modern technology.
Offering: Ornaments, schwibbogen, lichterbogen, lanterns
Price Range: $1 – $100
From the Three In One Artwork’s pottery studio, customers will find one-of-a-kind, handcrafted ornaments, mugs and trinket boxes. Featured themes include Iowa farm nostalgia and agriculture.
Offering: Ceramic one of a kind ornaments, mugs and trinket boxes.
Price Range: $12 – $30
One-of-a-kind jewelry combining fused glass and wire wrapping, all locally handmade!
Offering: Wire wrapped and fused glass jewelry – rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, headpieces
Price Range: $15-$250+
Indianola Glass Creations offers a wide variety of one-of-a-kind stained and fused glass art pieces. Every item is handmade right in our store in Indianola, Iowa.
Offering: Fused & Stained glass ornaments, fused glass home decor (spoon rests, card holders, nightlights, sun catchers, napkin holders, wall art, bowls and platters), Fused and stained jewelry & accessories (necklaces, bracelets, earrings, hair barrettes), Fused glass Popsockets, Stained glass art pieces, and recycled glass home decor (wine bottle clocks, lamps and wind chimes).
Price Range: $10 – $150
Specializing in fresh made wreaths and greens bundles, seasonal decor, Iowa made leather door bells and bell straps, Glass Bird and Fair Trade Gourd ornaments.
Offering: Fresh made Wreaths, Fresh Bundles of Greens, Glass Ornaments, Fair-Trade Peruvian gourd ornaments and boxes, Iowa made leather door bells and Bell Straps
Price Range: $10-75
Hand forged knives and kitchen utensils created in Des Moines with local and natural materials.
Offering: hand forged knives and kitchen utensils
Price Range: $50 – $500
The German American Heritage Center & Museum is proud to sell 100% German-made products for Christmas. We have everything from schwibbogen to smokers and more!
Offering: Schwibbogen, Pyramids and Smokers
Price Range: $40 – $185
The 1848 Danish Windmill in Elk Horn, Iowa will offer a bit of Scandinavia close to home, let us help you keep your Christmas traditions alive. “Keepsakes for a Lifetime”
Offering: Gnomes, straw, Scandinavian Christmas decorations
Price Range: $2 – $75
Worldly Goods inspires social justice, sustainable livelihoods, and environmental resiliency by providing a marketplace for artisans of the world to earn a living wage, support their families, and develop their communities.
Offering: Felt ball garland, felt ornaments, various global nativities, quilled greeting cards (including holiday cards), various matryoshka, kids activity cards, ceramic luminaries (some nativities)
Price Range: $1 – $50
Our specialty is small, precisely designed and exquisitely made pieces. We pride ourselves on offering handmade, one of a kind gifts. From chopsticks to earrings, letter openers to magnifying glasses our line has many options for the thoughtful gift-giver.
Offering: Earrings and pendants, bracelets, cuff links, kitchenware, trays, ornaments
Price Range: $25 – $45
Located in the historic Amana Colonies, Schanz Furniture is a family owned business that specializes in custom built furniture and unique handmade gift items.
Offering: Handcrafted Spalted Maple Trees & Handcrafted Multi-wood Trees
Price Range: $30 -$150